Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Monday, January 30

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  From  Noticias de Diario de Quintana Roo ....

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Positive response to property tax discounts  

Positiva respuesta

De contribuyentes, a descuentos en predial

Cecilia SOLIS

ISLA MUJERES, 30 de enero.-
Leer más...Full article at this link
  There was a very good response to the program of discounts for payments of 2017 property taxes, and citizens who have not paid yet are encouraged to take advantage of the 10 percent discount available in February. The 50 percent discount is still available for senior citizens with an INAPAM credential, for people with disabilities, and for members of the following unions: Colegio de Bachilleres, SNTE, Servicio Postal Mexicano, FSTSE and Telecom-Telégrafos.


Junk removal this week: For a cleaner municipality 

Por municipio limpio

Esta semana habrá descacharrización

Lanrry PARRA

ISLA MUJERES, 29 de enero.-
Leer más..Full article at this link.
    The Director General of Public Services, José Guadalupe Ríos Chalet, said this week there will be a reactivation of the program of junk removal, upon orders from the mayor, Juan Carrillo Soberanis. It will begin on Wednesday in colonia  El Cañotal, where they will collect furniture, appliances, and mattresses that people leave outside their homes. He said they will announce the pick up schedule around the colonias in and el Centro downtown. He explained that this will be an ongoing campaign that will continue year-round, especially during the times when it is important to prevent mosquito borne diseases. 
   He said, "I urge citizens to join us in keeping our municipality clean. The Mayor has put a lot of emphasis on the issue of public services and we have his full support toward maintaining the cleanliness of the island. During this administration we have added a "volquete" of seven meters and another truck to our fleet to continue providing quality services."
    He said they are currently working on a plan to provide a contact number in upcoming weeks for the islanders so they can call to request removal of furniture and junk. They are working on a project to raise citizen awareness to get everyone involved in the care and cleaning of the island. 


From the Municipal Facebook site.....  (  FB page link)

There is a press release about the property tax discounts, see DQR article above.


This is an announcement that the Noches Magicas event was cancelled & it says...We'll see you next week.
Esta noche, por causas de fuerza mayor, fue suspendido el evento de Noches Mágicas. Te esperamos la siguiente semana.

There's a Happy Birthday poster to the honorary president of the DIF, (the Mayor's wife), Sra. Paola Orrico de Carrillo.


From Tvisla Mujeres ( link to photos & articles)

Governor Carlos Joaquin is increasing security in the state by providing more equipment with over 60 million pesos for 140 units including patrol cars, motorcycles, and trucks    

Excellent response to property tax discounts in Isla Mujeres  

Los Cahuameros de Isla Mujeres Nueva Generación defeated the Jaguars of Tulum and remain in second place in the state Basketball league behind the Dorados de Playa del Carmen   

The vehicle ferry to Punta Sam resumed service on Monday after suspending it on Sunday due to strong winds, and the company issued a statement giving assurances that the suspension was caused by the weather and not due to mechanical problems   


Use of the Punta Sam pier to unload dozens of dead sharks caused discomfort on social media.
Utilizan muelle en Punta Sam para desembarcar decenas de ejemplares de Tiburón, provocando inconformidad en las redes sociales

On Saturday night,  with an audience of more a little over 2000 islanders on the Town Square and by a margin of only 16 votes,  Alejandra Peniche and Benilde Ku were chosen as the Queen and King of Carnaval after performances by the two dance troupes. The names of the Children's King & Queen and the Youth's King & Queen are given and the number of votes.  The event was hosted by Victor Rosado Sánchez, President of the Organizing Committee of the Isla Mujeres Carnival 2017 who in turn, was accompanied by professor Cristina Medina Figueroa.

On Sunday, the cargo-vehicle ferry suspended crossings to Punta Sam by both of its ferries due to winds over 60 km/hr from Cold Front #25 making maneuvering at the pier too difficult.

The ninth edition of the international fishing tournament for the benefit of the Little Yellow Schoolhouse "Island Time Fishing Tournament" will take place Feb. 6-11.

There is concern by residents about the deterioration of the rock cages (gabions) at the base of the hurricane wall along the Caribbean that protects downtown.


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

Weakening of hurricane wall  
Muro antihuracán, cada vez más débil.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Some of the rock cages (gabions) have deteriorated which are located at the base of the hurricane wall which protects downtown. causing concern from some residents. This includes segments in front of the home of the Marfil Ordaz family and near the hotel Rocas del Caribe. The malecon and hurricane wall are about a kilometer long, and there is more deterioration at the southern section, where some segments of the gabions have disappeared, due to rusting of their steel cages.
      The currents are stronger during the strong winds and high waves at this time of year, which could erode the foundations of the structure, which would make it more at risk during hurricane season. If the wall were to break in this area during a hurricane, it could open a channel to Allende street and the infrastructure there, which includes a water tank, learning from the experiences of Hurricanes Gilberto in 1988 and Wilma in 2005.

Alderman wants urban transport resolved  
Regidor urge a resolver el transporte urbano.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Alderman Roberto Martinez has requested that the topic of Urban Transportation be included on the agenda for the City Council meeting on Tuesday, when he wants to present his proposal. He said the urgent need for transportation for the workers and schoolchildren should be addressed.
       It is his suggestion that the DIF bus be used to provide this service, together with the new vehicle acquired for the City Council members of the type "Urban".  This vehicle was recently acquired for the City Council members to carry out their work in the Continental Zone. He said the vehicle should be used to meet this need of the community and the Council members can pay for taxis when attending to proceedings in that part of the municipality.


King & Queens of Carnaval chosen  
Ya hay soberanos para el carnavalc.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  An audience of more than 3000 witnessed the election of the sovereigns of Carnaval, Alejandra Peniche and Benilde Kú, with a difference of only 16 votes by the jury, The event was led by Victor Rosado Sanchez, president of the Organizing Committee, and he was accompanied on stage by teacher Cristina Medina Figueroa.
      The election was decided via a competition where the two registered troupes showed their best dances. The youths also competed and there was only one troupe for the younger children. The judges deliberated for more than half an hour and the decision was given shortly after midnight in favor of  Alejandra I and Benilde I, carnival kings of Isla Mujeres with 270 points in total and their opponents received 254. The young Queen spoke in English to communicate with the foreign audience, which was not small, while her opponent from the Continental Zone was a little lacking in this area.
      The children's queen and king are Aisha Domínguez and Aaron Jafet Barros with a total of 182 points. The youth queen and king are Naomi Campos and Jesus Canché with a total of 258 points (69 points more than their competitors).
    The intensity of cold front #25 caused the cancellation of the Noches Magicas event which had been scheduled on the Town Square at 8pm when performances by singers, dance troupes, and children's folklorico dancers of Isla Mujeres had been planned. 

Cargo ferry suspends service to Punta Sam  
El ferry suspendió su servicio [+] Ver masFull article at this link

  On Sunday, winds of over 60 km/hr caused the vehicle ferry which offers service to Punta Sam to cancel the last two scheduled departures of the day, after the strong winds of over 60kph caused docking difficulties. The last connection from the isle to Punta Sam was at 10:30am by the "Sergio Gracia Aguilar".
     On the island there appeared to be little demand for this service with just three vehicles at noon, and Punta Sam was reported to have more cargo trucks. The company explained that the adverse conditions made it impossible to continue operating while ensuring the safety of crew and passengers, and therefore it was decided to inform the Harbor Master and customers.  The Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, said that the port was closed for boats under 40 feet since last night, and the intensity of the winds increased in the morning as the cold front entered, affecting the boats.
   The ferry plans to resume service on Monday with the normal schedule of six round trips. Frequency increases to seven crossing on Tuesday thru Friday, while it is reduced to five on Saturday and three on Sunday.

Small boats restricted to port   
Cierran el puerto a la navegación menor .. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
  Cold front #25 caused winds from the north of more than 60 km/hr and the Harbor Master, Ismael Gonzalez Gil, closed the port for small boats, and the winds began to decrease in intensity in the afternoon. The forecast of the SCT (Ministry of Communications and Transport) said the winds are expected to continue on Monday with winds of 40 km/hr. This weather is affecting the entire Gulf of Mexico, and navigation by small boats is restricted along the coast of this region, with less effect on the southern part of Quintana Roo.

Visitors flock to Playa Centro (Posada Beach) 
Sólo Playa Centro lució con bañistaso.. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
   On Sunday, the only busy beach was Playa Centro, because it was least affected by cold front #25, while North Beach was nearly empty. Tourists were visiting the downtown businesses, but nautical recreational activities in the Bay were canceled to avoid risks from the weather. Most of the tour boats from Cancun did not come over, but this activity is expected to resume on Monday, when the force of the winds are expected to diminish, but the restriction of boats under 40 feet outside the bay is expected to continue.
   On Sunday there was a good movement of golf carts and the northern winds reduced after noon. It was cloudy all day, and there were no tours to Isla Contoy or for sport fishing. The temperatures were 22-24 and expected to be 22-23 on Monday, and tourist recreational activities are expected to resume then. A good number of visitors arrived on the ferries from Puerto Juarez, and hotel occupancy remained at 70 percent, according to the Department of Tourism.

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January Events
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Jan. 1 Sunday  New Year's Day

Jan. 5 Thursday 4-9 Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 6  Friday  Three King's Day   Children receive presents & the holiday season ends

Sunset ~6:25p
Moon rise over the Caribbean
Jan. 12  6:55  Full Moon
Jan. 13  7:56
Jan. 14  8:55
Jan. 15  9:51
  Jan. 16  10:44
    Jan. 17   11:36  
 Painting by Pam Haase Link to website

Yoga at the Casa Cultura on Monday & Wednesday mornings at 9am and Tuesday & Thursday evenings at 6pm. On the back street, Guerrero, at Abasolo.

Jan. 12  Thursday  Artist Fair 4-9  Casa de Cultura, featuring the Rolling Papers a very talented local Reggae band from 6- 8. After the music seems like there is always a surprise, will it be Mayan Warriors? Fire Dancers? Jugglers? Only way to find out is to be there. DRINK BEER….BUY ART…..EAT FOOD…..DANCE…..HAVE FUN.

Jan. 15 Sunday 8p Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 19 Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 22 Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

Jan. 26  Thursday  4-9  Artist Fair Casa de la Cultura  Art, Food, Craft Beer, Music

Jan. 27, 28, 29  Apex Festival 2017 this weekend! These events are FREE and open to the PUBLIC so come enjoy the music, action, and art
On Friday and Saturday, at the ¨Casa de la Cultura¨ (where Thursday's Artist Fairs are held), there will be Live Music, an Exhibition, a Skate Contest, and a Freestyle Battle, as well as a Photography Contest, Body Painting, several workshops, and a BMX contest.
On Sunday, in La Gloria, on the street by the Catholic Church, there will be a long board competition & international music.

Jan. 29  Sunday 8p  Town Square Noches Magicas performance

The Artist's Fairs are scheduled weekly on Thursdays at the Casa de Cultura, 4-9 thru April 20. 

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